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PhD Studentship: Illumination-Robust Neural Networks for Computer Vision (GONGH_U20SCIEC)

University of East Anglia - Computing Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th December 2019
Closes: 30th January 2020

Start date:  October 2020

No. of positions available: 1


Dr H Gong: 

Project description: 

We will develop a novel Neural Network (NN) component which offers independence of illumination change (e.g. [1,3]) for general NN-based computer vision tasks such as image segmentation and classification. As a fundamental component like ResNet [2], this will enable the major computer vision systems to work robustly in any lighting conditions. For example, our neural network trained using only a set of cloudy-condition images will have consistent performance for the ‘unseen’ input images with a lot of shadows. With this technology, we can be more certain that our driverless cars will also behave well in complicated light or limited visibility conditions (e.g. foggy weather).

We aim to make this component simple, scalable, efficient and easy-to-integrate so that it can be deployed everywhere from your mobile phone to a computing cloud. We will start experimenting with the task of object recognition before extending the tests to the others (e.g. image segmentation and 3-D reconstruction).

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Type of programme: PhD

Person Specification: 

Entry requirements: acceptable first degree in Computer Science or any other science, engineering, and mathematics degrees. The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1

Funding notes: 

Competition funded. Funding is available for 3 years.

This PhD project is in a competition for a Faculty of Science funded studentship. Funding is available to UK/EU applicants and comprises home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009 for 3 years.

Overseas applicants may apply but they are required to fund the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fees (which for 2019-20 are detailed on the University’s fees pages at

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual increase).

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